Mr. Speaker, as a member of the
Congressional Armenian Caucus, I rise today to recognize Armenia’s twenty-fifth
Independence Day on September 21st.
Both the United States and
Armenia share the belief that remembering our countries’ heritages is critical
to paving the path to tomorrow. In the first genocide of the 20th century,
nearly 1.5 million Armenians perished at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. And,
for much of the Twentieth Century, Armenia was under the brutal rule of the
Soviet Union. Although history has presented the Armenian people with many challenges,
they have always found a way to triumph in the face of daunting adversity.
The United States has
consistently stood with Armenia over the last twenty-five years as the Armenian
people have shown how a former Republic of the Soviet Union could transition
into a thriving democratic nation-state. As we have seen around the world, new democracies
will have their struggles. However, I am confident that the resiliency and
strength of the Armenian people will allow them to overcome any obstacles
challenging their country’s bright future.
I would again like to
congratulate the people of Armenia on their twenty-fifth Independence Day. This
anniversary is a time to remember the sacrifices of the past and to look ahead
to a future.